How mamas love their babies

Juniper Fitzgerald

Book - 2018

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York, NY : Feminist Press at the City University of New York 2018.
Edition
First Feminist Press edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 22 x 27 cm
ISBN
9781936932009
1936932008
Main Author
Juniper Fitzgerald (author)
Other Authors
Elise R. Peterson (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

First-time author Fitzgerald writes about the work mothers do to care for their children and support them economically—work that is often unseen or ignored. Peterson's smart, sly collages use patterned paper and scrawled-on color accents to embellish vintage b&w photos of women and children. The mothers are black, brown, and white, heavy and skinny, urban and rural; they cook, fly planes, and sell ice cream. Fitzgerald writes simply, but in combination with Peterson's images, her words carry force: "Mamas use their bodies to care for their babies in so many ways," she writes, next to a photograph of a mother nursing a toddler. She also makes a case for the acceptance of women's work that has been censured or subject to taboo. "Some mamas dance all night long in special shoes. It's hard work," she writes, gently introducing a sex worker mother amid images of stiletto heels, the neon signage of an adult entertainment store, and a photograph of a worker on strike, her placard reading, "Unfair to Strippers." It's a political statement, but one that flows from passion and love. Ages 4–8. (Feb.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

First-time author Fitzgerald writes about the work mothers do to care for their children and support them economically—work that is often unseen or ignored. Peterson's smart, sly collages use patterned paper and scrawled-on color accents to embellish vintage b&w photos of women and children. The mothers are black, brown, and white, heavy and skinny, urban and rural; they cook, fly planes, and sell ice cream. Fitzgerald writes simply, but in combination with Peterson's images, her words carry force: "Mamas use their bodies to care for their babies in so many ways," she writes, next to a photograph of a mother nursing a toddler. She also makes a case for the acceptance of women's work that has been censured or subject to taboo. "Some mamas dance all night long in special shoes. It's hard work," she writes, gently introducing a sex worker mother amid images of stiletto heels, the neon signage of an adult entertainment store, and a photograph of a worker on strike, her placard reading, "Unfair to Strippers." It's a political statement, but one that flows from passion and love. Ages 4–8. (Feb.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Describes how mothers care for their babies in different ways, including working outside of the home as laborers, farmers, and other professions to help their children thrive.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Mamas work in different ways to take care of their babies, but everything they do is because of love.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Illustrating the myriad ways that mothers provide for their children—piloting airplanes, washing floors, or dancing at a strip club—this book is the first to depict a sex-worker parent. It provides an expanded notion of working mothers and challenges the idea that only some jobs result in good parenting. We’re reminded that, while every mama’s work looks different, every mama works to make their baby’s world better.